This month staff and students from the AEHRC Biomedical Informatics Group attended the international the 18th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) in Germany.

Dr Olivier Salvado, Group Leader, CSIRO Biomedical Informatics, is a program committee member of this premier peer-reviewed conference that this year attracted more than 1200 delegates. The MICCAI conference is about new medical imaging technologies for diagnosis (MIC) and intervention (CAI), two areas where CSIRO is making significant contributions.

One of the hot topics this year was the use of deep learning methods to mine imaging data. These techniques rival the performance of more classic model-based methods and researchers are using them for bigger and bigger studies or when existing smaller studies are combined. One such application is genetics – the topic of a full workshop for the first time at MICCAI. Dr Kaikai Shen from CSIRO presented results from his research on how genetics drives brain connectivity.

One highlight for the CSIRO team was the oral presentation by PhD student Ali Armin (pictured below) from the University of Canberra in a plenary session – quite an achievement for a first international conference! Ali did very well, delivering a very clear presentation, attracting some tough questions and interest from world leading experts. Overall CSIRO scientists presented 5 papers – showcasing CSIRO technologies on the world scene.

MICCAI Conference